Gwenn Seemel

French-American artist, painter, portraitist.


Mayor Hales' dirty hands

Gwenn Seemel’s Dirty hands 2015

-—Leaving Portland, Oregon—-
The City of Roses was my home for 22 years. More than any place I have lived, it has made me who I am. I love it fiercely. That said, I am in the process of moving to Richmond, Virginia, and, though I think the change will end up being good, the main motivation for moving is far from positive. Portland is overrun with development. It is being done unethically and without regard for livability. If I refuse to remain silent about the bizarre behavior I’ve witnessed while trying to get simple questions answered, it’s because I believe that Portland’s power players and their pet public officials are putting residents in danger. This video about the making of Dirty hands explains some of the bad that has ruined Portland for me and for many others as well.





Kirk Reeves memorial

Gwenn Seemel’s Kirk Reeves 2014

-—The Kirk Reeves mural—-
Kirk was a Portland street performer and a friend. He passed away in 2012, and last year I painted a 10 by 38 foot mural portrait of him on NE Grand at Lloyd in Portland, Oregon. The mural was not an easy project, and the articles in this section of my blog reveal some of what I learned as I made my first piece of public art as well as what I have learned since. Among others there is this post describing why this memorial was so important to me and this one about the many issues I had with the City as I worked to make this mural happen.




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